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"A superb assemblage of performers is juxtaposed against giant drawn, animated or historical video images...In Kentridge’s collage style, disparate elements are layered to create a powerful unity. In one indelible scene, the shadows of a procession of people carrying the materials of war are cast on the screen behind, where they mix with video shadow images of other carriers, an endless parade of cannon fodder. But Kentridge ensures that these shadow people also have voices." Full Review
"It’s a complicated story, and first-time librettist Peers, who also directed, tried to jam too much information into 90 minutes. It was hard to follow if you didn’t know the story...Some of the scenes were overly long, and tension was most often expressed with extreme volume, which was oppressive in the small space, and sometimes drowned out crucial text...Peers’s flowing direction created an intriguing dreamscape, but couldn’t disguise the dramatic hiccups of the piece." Full Review
"The numbers still speed along, and pauses for reflection go by too fast to touch the heart…Cast with a mix of opera and musical-theater performers, all amplified. For the most part, the opera singers had the edge…Prince led the orchestra in a workmanlike, rather stolid performance…The score, as always, is a masterpiece...There have been numerous rethinkings of 'Candide' in the past 35 years and this might have been an opportunity to look ahead, rather than indulge in nostalgia." Full Review
"Dizzily inventive and colorful...A sad-sack nobody acquires a golem...First it does his bidding, but then it takes him over, and the show becomes a heavy-handed metaphor for the pernicious rise of consumerism...The squeaky monotones of the five live actors were a deliberate contrast to the antic brilliance of the animated drawings...The piece feels long, and the music is a nattering background, but the variety and deployment of Barritt’s deceptively simple drawings are astonishing." Full Review